LAR at San Francisco
This will not be a good game. However, it might be an important one, with, believe it or not, playoff implications, for one team at least.
What do we know about these two teams? After two weeks, what is there to know? We’ve seen the Rams beat up on a weakling (Colts) and play sloppy and lose (Washington). The 49ers can’t score, and the fact that they were able to hang with Seattle last week says more about the Seahawks than it does about San Fran.
So, why is this game so important?
After two weeks, LA finds themselves with a 1-1 record, which, in the bastion of mediocrity (at best) that is the NFC West, that’s good enough for a three-way tie for first place. Arizona is going nowhere; with David Johnson gone and Carson Palmer looking pretty shot after two weeks, they’ll struggle to beat any decent team. If Seattle doesn’t get their act together—offensive line is a disaster, they’re banged-up, Eddie Lacy (just Eddie Lacy)—every win in this division will be precious.
Arizona is hosting Dallas this week. Seattle is travelling to Tennessee. In a division where only one team is going to the playoffs (mark my words), LA could very well find themselves with a one-game advantage in their quest for the playoffs, with an extra few days to get ready for their trip to Dallas in Week Four. All the Rams have to do to hold up their end is beat up on another weakling.
Will it be a good game? No. Will it be a close game? I’m saying, “Most likely not.” An important game, though? For the Rams it definitely is.